In this post, we have researched and outlined the most important information needed for someone looking for the ways to get rid of vertigo. We will discuss symptoms and causes. You will learn when you should seek medical attention. Also, we will talk about treatment options - some are therapeutic, some are home-based. We have researched and compiled a brief yet very handy article which is written in a conversational tone for you to truly understand the material. We hope you will find what you were looking for!
“Dizziness” is somewhat of an unprecise term, because the causes of dizziness are varied. Literally millions of people in the United States alone suffer from dizziness. Some only go through occasional dizzy spells, while others suffer from very severe forms of dizziness. Dizziness can be caused by a wide variety of underlying disorders. Consequently, to find out how to stop dizziness, you need to determine the cause of your dizziness with the help of a medical professional. Check out an amazing infographic created by vestibular.org to better understand what your dizziness is about:
A recent study into the occurrence of vestibular disorder – one of the major cause of dizziness – has indicated that as many of 69 million Americans aged 40 and older have suffered from some form of vestibular disorder. Further research indicated that 8 million American experience balance problems and a further 2.4 million regularly suffer from dizziness.
These staggering statistics highlight the importance of dealing with dizziness to first and foremost identify the underlying cause and ultimately find ways of overcoming this often highly debilitating disorder.
People experience dizziness in a variety of ways.
You may be suffering from lightheadedness, feel that you are going to pass out, your surroundings may be spinning or appear to be moving, you may feel exhausted or extremely weak, your balance may seem disturbed, you may be feeling nauseous or feel like vomiting or you may have chest pains or a severe headache or feel pressure on your head.
A wide variety of medical conditions produce symptoms of dizziness, including:
If you frequently suffer from dizzy spells, seeking medical attention is of utmost importance.
Dizziness may be the first indication of a major health issue. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience one of the following (or check out the post about Home Remedies for Vertigo here):
It’s not advisable to ignore dizziness under any circumstances. Even if the doctor later identifies a minor health issues, medical attention must always be sought.
The doctor will examine you thoroughly and send you for a MRI or CT scan if she/he suspects you are having a heart attack or stroke or have suffered a severe blow to your head.
Initially, the doctor will ask you about your medical history, symptoms, and current prescribed medication.
Subsequently, the doctor will examine your balance and the function of your central nervous system by having you undergo a series of tests, including:
These are some of the tests set to determine the causes of dizziness, there are several other types of examinations the doctor may carry out. If she/he suspects that your dizziness is cause by anxiety, she/he may look give you a psychological assessment.
The doctor is also likely to do some blood tests and check your heart the blood vessels.
In some instance, the doctor may feel that the underlying issue causing the dizziness will resolve itself and alleviate any symptoms. If, however, the doctor has identified the cause of the dizziness to be a specific medical issue, the treatment will depend on the underlying cause.
If you are suffering from heart disease or have had a stroke, the doctor may suggest surgery.
When dizziness is caused by dehydration, the doctor may put you on an intravenous drip to restore hydration levels.
Patients who have contracted a virus causing dizziness may be prescribed anti-viral drugs, while those whose dizziness stems from blood pressure disorders will receive suitable medication.
If you are suffering from a vestibular disorder or vertigo, the doctor is likely to prescribe specific medication for this condition.
The doctor will treat the underlying cause, whatever it may be, and she/he may also prescribe medication to alleviate dizziness symptoms. Because some people may feel nauseous during dizzy spells, they may also be given anti-nausea medication.
A number of non-medication, non-surgical treatments are also quite common, including:
Once you have sought medical advice, you may still need to cope with dizzy spells. Experts recommend the following
In many instances, dizziness can be overcome quite easily and is only temporary. Nevertheless, seeking medical advice is essential even if you are confident of being in overall good health.
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